“A fast-moving, eerie…tale set on Halloween night. Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin’s. Enhanced by appropriately haunting black-and-white drawings.”—Booklist
Cherie Priest - Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Although she was orphaned at birth, Eden Moore is never alone. Three dead women watch from the shadows, bound to protect her from harm. But in the woods a gunman waits, convinced that Eden is destined to follow her wicked great-grandfatheran African magician with the power to curse the living and raise the dead. Now Eden must decipher the secret of the ghostly trio before a new enemy more dangerous than the fanatical assassin destroys what is left of her family. She will sift through lies in a Georgian antebellum mansion and climb through the haunted ruins of a nineteenth century hospital, desperately seeking the truth that will save her beloved aunt from the curse that threatens her life.
Maggie Stiefvater - Brenna Yovanoff - Tessa Gratton - The Curiosities
From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories. - A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck. - Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing. - A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream). These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction. But The Curiosities is more than the stories. Since 2008, Maggie, Tessa, and Brenna have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website merryfates.com. Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing—all in public and without a backspace key. In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author's comments, critiques, and kudos in the margins. Think of it as a guided tour of the creative processes of three acclaimed authors. So, are you curious now?
Alex Irvine - The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls
Fans of the blockbuster television phenomenon can rejoice! A one-of-a-kind compilation of all of Sam and Dean's demon-busting knowledge, The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls contains illustrations and detailed descriptions that catalogue the more than two dozen otherworldly enemies that most people believe exist only in folklore, superstition, and nightmares:vampires, ghosts, revenants, reapers, and even bloody clowns. You'll find within these pages Sam and Dean's notes, observations, and memories interwoven with sections of John Winchester's invaluable journal, making this book the perfect companion to every thrilling episode—and an essential weapon in the secret war against the hidden creatures of the darkness!
Isaac Marion - Warm Bodies
R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His choice to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies explores what happens when the cold heart of a zombie is tempted by the warmth of human love.
Andrew Fukuda - The Hunt
Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood. When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?
Anne Rice - The Queen of the Damned
After six thousand years of horrifying stillness, Akasha, mother of all vampires and Queen of the Damned, has risen from her sleep to let loose the powers of the night But her monstrous plan for ruling the worlds of the living and the undead must be stopped before she destroys mankind. And it falls to the evil vampire Lestat to fight her all-encompassing evil - for it is he who challenged her power by waking her from sleep. 'Imaginative ... intelligently written ... This is popular fiction of the highest order' - USA Today
Clive Barker - Hírvivő
A tudás első könyve Palomo Grove, a békés kaliforniai kisváros, gondtalanul éli napjait, nem is sejtve, hogy a végromlás küszöbén áll. Különös gyermekek születnek, ketten a sötétség és pusztulás prófétájának - a Jaffnek - ivadékai, a harmadik a fény erejét hordozó férfi, Fletcher utóda. Az összecsapás elkerülhetetlen: megkezdődött a hajsza a Jaff után, keresztül egész Amerikán. A győztesre nem kisebb jutalom vár, mint maga a Tudás, az emberiség által ismert legnagyobb hatalom - kulcs minden faj álomvilágához. Hogy ezt megszerezze, a két fél minden erejét latba veti, és amikor kifogy az eszközökből, saját gyermekeit küldi a csatába. Csakhogy azok ahelyett, hogy egymás vérét ontanák, szerelemre lobbannak. És elszabadul a pokol - Palomo Grove utcái rettenetes, nem evilági jelentek szemtanúi lesznek.
Katie Alender - Bad Girls Don't Die
When Alexis's little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks nothing of it. Kasey is a weird kid. Period. Alexis is considered weird, too, by the kids in her high school, by her parents, even by her own Goth friends. Things get weirder, though, when the old house they live in starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green and she speaks in old-fashioned language, then forgets chunks of time. Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey's shoulder. The formerly gentle, doll-loving child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister — but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?
Tim Waggoner - Carved in Flesh
In Carved in Flesh Sam and Dean are hot in pursuit of the Leviathan leader, Dick Roman, when a peculiar story about a monstrous wild dog attacking people manages to pique Sam’s interest, leading the duo to Brennan, Ohio to investigate.
Anne Rice - A Kárhozottak Királynője
___Lestat, a vámpír merőben más szemszögből tárta elénk a vámpírok életét és eredetét saját regényében, mint annak előtte Louis az _Interjú a vámpírral_ban. A vérivó halhatatlanok származásának teljes története azonban még annál is összetettebb, mint ahogy azt Lestat ismeri, és szorosan összefonódik két másik „természetfeletti” életforma, a szellemek és a boszorkányok létével. ___Miközben Lestat rockbandája minden korábbi tabut megszegve telekürtöli a világot a halhatatlanok eddig eltitkolt létével, a múlt ködéből előbukkannak a legősibbek, az elsőként lett vérivók, hogy helyükre tegyék a modern világ nagyszájú, hangos vámpírjait.
Andrew Fukuda - The Prey
For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast... and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side. When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other... if they can only stay alive.
Gerald Brom - The Child Thief
Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief—and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is not Neverland. Fourteen-year-old Nick would have been murdered by the drug dealers preying on his family had Peter not saved him. Now the irresistibly charismatic wild boy wants Nick to follow him to a secret place of great adventure, where magic is alive and you never grow old. Even though he is wary of Peter's crazy talk of faeries and monsters, Nick agrees. After all, New York City is no longer safe for him, and what more could he possibly lose? There is always more to lose. Accompanying Peter to a gray and ravished island that was once a lush, enchanted paradise, Nick finds himself unwittingly recruited for a war that has raged for centuries—one where he must learn to fight or die among the "Devils," Peter's savage tribe of lost and stolen children. There, Peter's dark past is revealed: left to wolves as an infant, despised and hunted, Peter moves restlessly between the worlds of faerie and man. The Child Thief is a leader of bloodthirsty children, a brave friend, and a creature driven to do whatever he must to stop the "Flesh-eaters" and save the last, wild magic in this dying land.
Jonathan Carroll - Voice of Our Shadow
For Joe Lennox, successful young writer, Vienna provides a refuge from the tragedy of his brother's death, until he starts up a friendship with the eccentric India Tate and her magician husband Paul. Gradually Joe falls in love with India, but Paul finds out - before he suddenly drops dread. And now Joe has two deaths on his conscience and another voice calling from beyond the grave...
Jonathan Carroll - A Child Across the Sky
Weber Gregston and Philip Strayhorn are best friends. They were at college together; they struggle as nobodies in Hollywood together. Weber soon becomes the most acclaimed director of his generation. Phil is unrecognised for years, and then makes a series of notorious horror films. He has everything; love, fame, money. Then he takes a gun and blows his head off. Why? Weber hopes the answer is on the video tapes that Phil has left him. But when he plays them, he finds messages from beyond the grave. Step by step, Weber learns that the evil Phil portrayed in his last film is not just slasher gore. He has created something which threatens his friends' lives. And if Weber doesn't put it right, and fast, that evil will extend far beyond a handful of people in Hollywood. Exploring love and cruelty, creation and ambition, A Child Across the Sky is a brilliant tale of wonder and fear. It is also one of the most important novels of fantastic fiction in recent years.
Stephen King - Világnagy strand
Egyik novelláskötetének ajánlásában King beszélgetésre invitálja az olvasót. S nem akármilyen csevegésre. Beszélgessünk a félelmekről, a rettegésről - mondja. - Képzeljük magunkat egy elhagyott házba. Kint hideg februári szél fúj, vigasztalanul esik az eső. Ilyen időben az embert egyszerűen elhagyja az ereje - sugallja az író -, de itt a legjobb alkalom, hogy elgondolkodjunk azon, mi űzi az embert az őrület határáig s még azon túl... A kötetben összeválogatott nyolc novellában izgalmasan keverednek a science fiction, a fantasy és a horror elemei. A színhelyek elhagyott, titokzatos erdei utak, pókhálós padlások, lélegző, eleven sivatagok, űrállomások vagy éppen az ember leghétköznapibb élettere. A történés a fontos, s abban biztos lehet az olvasó, hogy izgalmas, fordulatos s olykor hátborzongató elbeszéléseket tart a kezében.
Robert W. Chambers - The King in Yellow
With its strange, imaginative blend of horror, science fiction, romance and lyrical prose, Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow is a classic masterpiece of weird fiction. This series of vaguely connected stories is linked by the presence of a monstrous and suppressed book which brings fright, madness and spectral tragedy to all those who read it. An air of futility and doom pervade these pages like a sweet insidious poison. Dare you read it? This collection has been called the most important book in American supernatural fiction between Poe and the moderns. H. P. Lovecraft, creator of the famed Cthulu mythos, whose own fiction was greatly influenced by this book stated that The King in Yellow ‘achieves notable heights of cosmic fear’.
Anne Rice - A testtolvaj meséje
Vámpírhős, rocksztár, embertömegek csábítója, kísértő szellem... Lestat valóban rendkívüli a halhatatlanok között! Mégsem boldog, lángoló vére tovább űzi, szeretne visszaváltozni halandóvá, hogy halálon túli léte újra értelmet nyerjen. Ez a vágy űzi céltalan bolyongásaiban, Amszterdamtól az Amazoni őserdőkig, míg végül találkozik az egyetlen lénnyel, a minden ördögnél gonoszabb Testtolvajjal, aki valóra válthatja kívánságát. De miután Lestat lemond vámpírtestéről, tudomásul kell vennie azt, amit rég elfelejtett: a halandó ember sebezhetőségét és gyarlóságát... Újra üldözőbe kell vennie a rejtélyes testtolvajt, hogy visszaszerezze ellopott testét, hogy újra elfoglalja helyét minden vámpírok leghatalmasabbjaiként...
Keith R. A. DeCandido - Nevermore
Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America...and he taught them how to kill it. Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker's haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an '80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that's bizarre even by New York City standards, it's the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe. Their investigation leads them to the center of one of Poe's horror classics, face-to-face with their most terrifying foe yet. And if Sam and Dean don't rewrite the ending of this chilling tale, a grisly serial killer will end their lives forevermore.
Anne Rice - Interjú a vámpírral
Mindenkit érdekelnek a vámpírok. Évszázadok óta foglalkoztatják a képzeletet, hátborzongató történetek hősei, elkárhozott, démoni teremtmények, az éjszaka gyönyörű vadászai, akik embervérre éhezve lesnek gyanútlan áldozataikra. Ezek a mesék olyannyira lenyűgözőek, hogy egyesek szinte már megszállottan rajonganak értük. Talán éppen ezek a gondolatok jutnak eszébe annak az ifjú újságírónak, aki egy nap különös felkérést kap: valaki, aki azt állítja magáról, hogy vámpír, szeretne interjút adni neki. Ám bármire is számít, egy különc pozőr helyett valódi démont talál. A döbbent riporter szeme előtt megelevenednek a mesék, életre kelnek a legendák, s míg a különös, korszakokon átívelő történet kibontakozik, megismerhetjük egy szörnyeteg emberi lelkét, vágyait, ösztöneit, évszázados kutatását igazságok és válaszok után, s megtudhatjuk, hogy az egyetlen dolog, ami enyhítheti az örök élet kínját, a szerelem. _Anne Rice regényéből Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt és Antonio Banderas főszereplésével készült film, mely a vetítését követően szinte azonnal kultikussá vált a vámpírfilmek között._
Alex Irvine - Supernatural - John Winchester's Journal
Sam and Dean Winchester know all the secrets their father recorded in his journal. Now you can, too. On November 2, 1983, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic supernatural force. In the wake of the tragedy, their father, John, set out to learn everything he could about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America . . . and how to kill it. In his personal journal, he not only compiled folklore, legend, and superstition about all manner of otherworldly enemies but he also recorded his experiences—hunting the creature that killed his wife even as he raised his two sons. Part prequel, part resource guide, John Winchester's Journal finally gives fans the ultimate companion book for Supernatural. It's all here: the exorcism Sam and Dean used in "Phantom Traveler," John's notes on everything from shape-shifters to Samuel Colt, Dean's first hunt, Sam's peewee soccer team . . . and John's single-minded pursuit of a growing and deadly evil.